About Lois

Lois grew up in Vernon, BC, Canada where she was introduced to the arts at a very young age. She stage managed her first show – a student directed production of Elaine May’s Hotline at W.L. Seaton Secondary School when she was 13.

She went on to attend Trinity Western University in Langley, BC to study Drama and Communications, graduating in the spring of 2007, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Lois works primarily in Vancouver, BC, Canada as a freelance stage manager for theatre and musicals where she had the privilege of stage managing the world premiere of Sean Devine’s Re:Union in the fall of 2011 as well as 40 other productions in the past five years. When she is not busy working, she volunteers with a number of local arts companies and festivals and guest lectures at her alma mater.

In addition, Lois works with the Vancouver International Fringe Festival where she helped to launch Fringe Onsite, a program to help develop site-specific theatre pieces in conjunction with Vancouver-based Company The Only Animal. In 2011 Fringe Onsite premiered 12 plays on and around Vancouver’s Granville Island, including two that involved the use of boats.

One of the highlights of Lois’ career thus far was working for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games as the Stage Manager and Assistant Ceremonies Coordinator for the Richmond Olympic Oval where she oversaw more than 250 performers, dignitaries and athletes and developed a great appreciation for long track speed skating.

www.LoisBackstage.com launched in 2008 and now features recipes, pop culture, and behind-the-scenes looks at the productions she is involved with. In 2011 it was visited by over 24,500 people and used as a part of the Stage Management curriculum at three universities.

In spring of 2009 Lois was interviewed by The Next Stage Magazine about stage managing, social media, and the state of theatre in Vancouver.  To read the interview in its entirety, click here. In the Summer 2011 edition of EQ (Equity Quarterly – the official news magazine of the Canadian Actors Equity Association) Lois was interviewed on the role of social media in theatres. The article can be found online in pdf form if you wish to read it. She also occasionally writes for 2am theatre and takes on freelance social media consulting, planning and marketing gigs.

If you have questions, please feel free to get in touch via email: lois (at) loisbackstage (dot) com

Comments (15)

  1. Sara Gonzalez

    May I contact you via e-mail? I am currently studying stage management at Baylor University in Texas and would love to pick your brain. Your resources for stage managers post is several levels of genius.

  2. Lois (Post author)

    Hi Sara – Please do! You can e-mail me at Lois (at) Loisbackstage (dot) com (Sorry I dont’ write out the whole email to prevent spam). I’d love to talk to you!

  3. Katy


    You mentioned in one of your posts you would be able to send PDF examples of costume plots, QC plots etc. Would you be able to send me examples of anything costume related and stuff to have a look at as I am new to this?

  4. Lois (Post author)

    Hi katy,

    I’ve sent you an email! Hope they help as you shape your own paperwork!

  5. Michael Erwin

    Hello Lois;

    I have recently created a website for Canadian Theatre practitioners that your audience may be interested in seeing. Perhaps we could place reciprocal links on our sites?


    Best Regards;

  6. Lois (Post author)

    Hi Michael,

    Fun to see some more Canadian theatre sites popping up. I’m having problems viewing your site in google Chrome (which is my browser of choice). Any idea why that could be?

    As for link-love, I’m just figuring out what I want to do about that as I suddenly have a number of people asking me to link to them on my site. Watch for an email in the next couple of days.

  7. Chelsey Rives

    Hi Lois! Thank you so much for all the amazing stuff here! I was wondering if you might be able to email me some of examples of PDF’s that you use. I teach technical theatre in a high school magnet program and I have some very hungry stage managers-in-training that love your site and want more! Thank you so much!

  8. Sandra Herd

    Wow Lois. I stumbled on your site today and it is amazing. I can’t believe the number of shows you took in during 2011. I thought I saw a lot, but I am on my knees in awe. Well done. And all that you are giving back here with the information you are sharing. Fabulous. You are the poster child for theatre – it’s magic, allure and power.

  9. Lois (Post author)

    Hey Sandra – thanks so much for your note. I think this year I’m going to end up seeing less theatre, but that’s okay too. I would hate to burn out!

  10. Maeve Sweeney

    Hi Lois, just came across your blog. Well done on such a good,honest informative blog. I am based in Ireland so it’s great to see how SMing works halfway round the world. Although the love of sharpies is a universal one. Thank you kindly for sharing all your resources, ideas and good positve energy. Bravo :)

  11. Randy Threewits

    Hi Lois. I came across your informative site and found a lot of useful information. I noticed your comments on blocking. I’ve just put up a Beta web site on doing blocking. If you have time I’d like your feedback as an experienced Stage Manager. The site is at http://www.mylinesonline.com/DirectorsCutAbout.aspx

  12. Jonathan Bach

    Hi Lois.
    I’m having trouble with my blocking script, because I can’t seem to figure out a way to make it a simpler task. Any suggestions? Would you happen to have a portfolio of paperwork that I could look at while I create mine?

    I love you website! Helps me through a lot of shows!


  13. Lois (Post author)

    Hi Jonathan,

    Shoot me an email at lois@loisbackstage.com and let me know specifics of what you’re looking for and maybe I can send some paperwork your way!

  14. Rebecca

    Hi Lois!

    I’ve been meaning to upgrade to a serious SM kit for the last few shows I’ve worked on, and finally decided to invest in some good supplies. Your list is amazingly helpful! I just spent a ton of money. :)

    Thank you!


  15. Lois (Post author)

    Hi Rebecca – I hope you find your new tools helpful!

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